There’s something truly wonderful about the HTC One, a feature that only a select few phones on the market share, and a feeling that not many products can give a consumer.
The HTC One just feels so good to use. Its industrial design, a ring of polycarbonate sandwiched between a curved piece of aluminum and glass, makes the phone impressively comfortable to hold, and its marriage to the Android operating system makes for a seamless transition from form to function. The speakers, which are front facing─ as all phone speakers should be─ are louder and clearer than any other smartphone out there.
And it’s powerful, too. Packing the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor, 2 gigabytes of RAM and 1080p resolution as the Galaxy S4, it has all the power you need. What makes the HTC One unique, however, is its use of all that extra horsepower.
The new user interface of the HTC One, called Sense, is a news aggregation service, not unlike Flipboard, that allows you to combine all the news services and social networks you care about, like the Associated Press and Facebook, into a single feed, so that you’re never out of the social loop.
The camera only offers 4 megapixels. I know, you’re thinking that’s pretty lame, but hold your horses. Megapixel count actually has little to do with the quality of a camera’s pictures. The HTC One’s light sensor allows the camera to capture pictures of a quality comparable to phones with more megapixels.
HTC increased the size of their pixels, allowing the phone to capture pictures more effectively than most other smartphones in low light, and the HTC Zoe feature allows the camera to capture 20 images from the time just before you hit the shutter button and in the moments just after.
One of the most impressive features of the HTC One is its use of the Android operating system and some of the additions that were made to harness some of the phone’s quad-core muscle.
So, is the HTC One the iPhone killer of Apple’s nightmares? With design as beautiful as Android’s function, it just might be.